Holocaust museum shooter was targeting Obama advisor

James Von Brunn had died in prison seven months after the museum shooting.

Washington: An 88-year-old white supremacist, who killed a security guard last year at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, was also targeting one of President Barack Obama`s closest advisors, US magazine Time reported on Thursday.

James Von Brunn, who died in prison seven months after the museum shooting, planned to kill senior advisor David Axelrod, claiming that Obama was simply "too hard to reach", Time magazine reported.

Federal police were reportedly startled that Von Brunn had the capability and motive to target Axelrod and began putting out alerts on the wider threat from home-grown terrorists. The Secret Service increased protection of Axelrod and took other measures.

Von Brunn attacked the Holocaust Museum in June 2009, shooting and killing a security guard before being shot and wounded by police.

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